"Rigged Witch Hunt!", Trump tweeted.
The source familiar with McGahn's thinking told CNN that the strategy of the President's legal team surprised those close to McGahn, who thought Trump's lawyers would have placed limits on an interview, or, if they refused to allow the interview outright, would have entered into a subpoena fight. "I have nothing to hide". He did not identify who those members are.
President Trump kicked off the week with a battery of tweets aimed at Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, calling his investigators "Thugs" and accusing them of trying to tilt the midterms - ratcheting up his attacks amid speculation over White House Counsel Don McGahn's cooperation with the probe.
"In fact it is just the opposite", he tweeted.
According to the president, some members of the media were "very angry" about the New York Times report and called to complain and apologize, which he called "a big step forward". "So bad for America!"
Critics of the president have recently compared his decision to target the security clearances of critics and those involved in the Russian Federation investigation to the "enemies list" created by the Nixon White House to keep track of political opponents they meant to target with punitive measures.
But the Times followed up with another report saying Trump's lawyers do not know how much McGahn told investigators during months of interviews spanning 30 hours.
He also said The New York Times leaked the report to get Trump angry with McGahn so he would be willing to testify in the probe.
The Times reported that Mueller's team asked McGahn about incidents surrounding their obstruction of justice probe into Trump's behavior.
President Trump Blasts Social Media for Discriminating against Conservatives
The President said while networks like CNN and MSNBC might be "fake news", he does not "ask that their sick behavior be removed". Some reports suggested his account was put in "read-only" mode for a week, meaning he can not tweet or retweet.
None of this is to say Trump is misleading the public on whether he allowed his White House lawyer to talk with Mueller's team, or that he fully understood what he was allowing when he did.
"Don McGahn is doing exactly the right thing, not merely to protect himself, but to protect his client".
"President Trump, through counsel, declined to assert any privilege over Mr. McGahn's testimony, so Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team's questions fulsomely and honestly, as any person interviewed by federal investigators must", McGahn's personal attorney, William Burck, said.
Dean was White House counsel to Richard Nixon during Watergate, but ultimately cooperated with prosecutors. In addition to calling the probe a "witch hunt", Trump now compares the probe to "McCarthyism:" Joseph McCarthy's series of mid-century hearings created to root out Communists in the government, business, and entertainment industries.
"I'll use his words rather than mine", Giuliani told NBC, "that McGahn was a strong witness for the president".
"Study the late Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!"
The article detailed how McGahn, fearing that he could be made a scapegoat by the president, has described Trump's actions and anger toward the Russian Federation inquiry in at least three voluntary interviews with investigators that totaled about 30 hours.